I know when most rational atheists talk about the idiotic social justice warriors, it’s almost always within the realm of atheism or feminism or race politics, those are probably where they’re the most openly active and most visible for people of a non-theistic bent. Unfortunately, that’s not at all where they stop, they’re only too happy to stick their sad and pathetic little tendrils into any space that won’t crush them. Luckily, just about everyone knows that they’re skulking around and either laughs at them or ignores them, despite their shrill whines and now, an increasing number are fighting back.
The Hugo Awards are given out each year at Worldcon, the World Science Fiction Convention, to recognize the best of science fiction and fantasy literature from the previous 12 months. It has been going on since 1953 and are considered the most prestigious award that can be given to a science fiction or fantasy author. It was, as all awards should be, a meritocracy, where people who write the best books get the prizes. I say was though because in 2013, a group of social justice warriors decided they ought to get involved and force their political agenda on the awards process.
Back then, the Bulletin of the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA), was attacked by a bunch of digital radicals demanding “justice” after a book cover was proclaimed to be too suggestive and not used in publication. This resulted in two well-known authors, Mike Resnick and Barry Malzburg, being removed from the journal. The reign of political and social correctness has gone on ever since. There are people like Nora Jemisin, who says that political tolerance “disturbs” her and Jim C. Hines who wants anyone who disagrees with and satirizes political or religious thought to be bodily thrown from the SFWA.
This has continued on to the Hugo Awards, which can only be voted on by people who pay to attend Worldcon. This has resulted in a considerable uptick in attending memberships which may, or may not, actually increase the number of attendees. Many, it seems, are only trying to get their politically motivated votes in the ballot box and don’t even care about the Awards, and perhaps even science fiction or fantasy literature at all. It’s a move for political correctness, not literary worthiness. It no longer matters what you write, it’s who you are and what you write about that makes a difference. Non-leftist writers have been ostracized because they might just say something that our liberal control freaks don’t like. At the 2014 Hugo Awards, Jonathan Ross was forced to cancel his appearance because liberals feared that he might… MIGHT… make a fat joke. Seriously, these people are out of control.
But all is not lost, earlier this year, writers Larry Correia and Brad R. Torgersen started the Sad Puppies campaign which sought to bring attention to this social justice warrior brouhaha and break the political and social intolerance that liberals have brought to the awards in recent years. Luckily, now that the Hugo Award Nominations have been announced for 2015, it’s clear that they have been overwhelmingly successful and most candidates put forward by the Sad Puppies have been nominated. The liberal world exploded because many of the candidates self-identify as libertarians and conservatives, something that they simply cannot tolerate in their little echo chamber. Members have gone so far as to block members of the Worldcon committee on Twitter and Tumblr for daring to ignore their liberal demands. It’s really kind of sad.
Yet the fight goes on, many sci-fi and fantasy authors are being openly discriminated upon and excommunication from the science fiction community. David Drake, David Weber, L.E. Modesitt Jr., Kevin J. Anderson, Eric Flint, Orson Scott Card, Brad R. Torgersen, Larry Correia and Sarah A. Hoyt, among others, are suffering attacks because of their politics and not because of their skills. They’ve coined a word for these liberal asshats, CHORFs – Cliquish, Holier-than-thou, Obnoxious, Reactionary, Fanatics. That pretty well describes the far-left social justice warrior.
There is a lot in common here between sci-fi fanaticism and #Gamergate. Vox Day had this to say about the similarities:
The connection between Sad Puppies and #GamerGate is that both groups are striking back against the left-wing control freaks who have subjected science fiction to ideological control for two decades and are now attempting to do the same thing in the game industry. #GamerGate has shown people in science fiction, in fantasy, in comics, and even in journalism that you don’t have to hide what you truly think anymore because SJWs are going to attack you and try to drive you out of a job. You can read, write, develop, and play what you want without fear of their disapproval.
It is time that people rise up against this kind of absurd liberal oppression, where it’s political correctness that means more than actual merit. The Hugo Awards were not designed to award people for their social consciousness, but for their work in the field of writing science fiction and fantasy. It doesn’t matter what you think, it matters what you write. The same is true of television and movies, where it shouldn’t make a difference what a director or an actor or a producer thinks, only the end-product of their labors. Unfortunately, these liberal idiots get butt-hurt because someone doesn’t follow the social justice collective and they must set out to call them names, harm their careers and deny them their due for what they’ve actually done with their lives. Is it any wonder there’s such a backlash against liberal stupidity these days? Here’s hoping it keeps up and picks up in the future.